When he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
Today's simple Verse falls in the middle of the story of the Good Samaritan...
In which a man is viciously attacked. While he lies hurt and naked by the road, two holy men (a priest and a Levite) pass by and look away- like he's not there. Later, a Samaritan stops and gives extraordinary help to the stranger.
Fast forward to Christians out and about. Have you ever passed 'unsightly' people and looked the other way... like they're not there? I confess yes. Too many, too often.
It's so much easier to focus on attractive people in pretty places.
Jesus said two Orders sum up God's Law: We're to love Him first and neighbors second. I define 'neighbors' by proximity: Those close enough for us to see and help.
Those who are poor, down, broken or alone. Those who might be labeled unattractive. Those are just the ones Jesus came to help.
In truth, 'We are all infected and impure with sin. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags. Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall, and our sins sweep us away like the wind' (Isaiah 64:6)... until the love of Jesus transforms us.
Within the entertainment industry, stunning stars fill our eyes and fuel our dreams. If God gave you beauty the world applauds, remind yourself: it's from Him and for Him. Your looks are the bait, and God is the Switch.
Two more thoughts for God's rising performers:
1) If you're ever felt less than attractive, if your look isn't 'standard' Hollywood (which often resembles Barbie or Ken), embrace your individuality. Your confidence makes you desirable.
2) Don't judge anyone by his appearance. Because God doesn't. It's a harmful sin. Instead, be the saint who kindly regards. Be the one who helps those needing it most.
## An Unattractive Stranger
NOTE: This is a 2021 update of a 2011 Carey Lewis Devotion. You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players. Mostly true. But you're not merely players. You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the An Unattractive Stranger series.